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SSC Napoli finished runners up in Serie A, albeit by a considerable margin of nine points to winners Juventus. But they were the team which scored the maximum number of goals in Serie A last season, and were incredibly entertaining to watch, making them the neutral’s favourites. They owe that honour predominantly to one Edinson Cavani.
The Uruguayan has been an integral part of the Napoli squad ever since his arrival from Palermo in 2010 for £20 million. He has regularly got onto the scoresheet, owing to his incredible shot accuracy, ball control and excellent presence of mind in the opposition box. In addition to all of these, his aerial ability is more than decent. He has 38 goals in just 43 matches for Napoli this season, 29 of which have come in the league (notably almost half of his team’s goals). This proves without a doubt that he is an integral part of the team, who simply wouldn’t know what to do in his absence.
Now, as any top striker in the world would, Cavani too has attracted a lot of interest from all over Europe, with cash-rich Manchester City and Chelsea being the prime pursuers. Newly appointed coach, Rafael Benitez will definitely want to keep the striker with him at Naples for the next season to make his job that much easier.
Therefore, Napoli have put a huge £54 million price tag on the 26 year old striker. This might just be enough to scare off even the like of Sheik Mansoor and Roman Abramovich, who are both intent on improve their respective dwindling attacks.
What is likely to happen though is that both clubs will hope to use some of their excess talent as makeweights in an effort to pull a deal through with Chelsea offering Fernando Torres and Man City Edin Dzeko to Napoli. The Serie A runners-up though are for now brushing off talk of a swap deal and will only settle for some hard cash if they have to say bye to their super striker.
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